Veterans and Substance Abuse

Veterans and Substance Abuse

Substance use disorder is a mental health condition in which the sufferer has a physical and psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol. This causes significant distress on one’s health, happiness, and relationships with friends and family. Unfortunately, one of the populations that are most susceptible to this painful condition is United States veterans. More specifically,…

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The Reasons Why Someone Becomes Addicted

The Five Reasons Someone Becomes Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

For decades, researchers have tried to identify the primary reasons someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. Despite varying theories that have evolved over the years, five primary factors contribute to someone becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. These factors include genetic components, environmental factors, chronic stress, trauma & adverse childhood experiences, and mental health.…

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Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders

Symptoms of Co-Occurring Disorders

Individuals diagnosed with a substance use disorder1 can experience many associated symptoms or symptoms of co-occurring disorders. It’s essential to recognize that co-occurring disorders are common in these individuals and sometimes complicate their diagnosis. Often, substance use disorder and mental illness2 go hand in hand. Specialists can diagnose each disorder separately, but a person can…

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